Pawar to meet agitating mining-dependent people today

The Union Minister for Agriculture and national president of the Nationalist Congress Party, Mr Sharad Pawar will meet the mining-dependent people on February 4, who under the banner of Goa Mining People’s Front  have been  on a chain protest at the Azad Maidan in the city. Mr Pawar is expected to discuss the possibilities of reaching a solution for their livelihood problem.

The NCP has also convened an all-party public meeting on February 13 at 5 p.m. to be attended by Mr Pawar and tentatively held at Azad Maidan for discussing the state mining issue.
The mining-dependent people have been  protesting at the historic venue for the  last  two weeks demanding immediate resumption  of mining activities in the state. The Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar had met the protesting group on January 30 and assured them that his government would soon present an affidavit before the Supreme Court, with an effort to convince the apex court about their livelihood problem.
The state NCP president, Mr Surendra Sirsat and the Sawantwadi legislator, Mr Deepak Kesarkar, who is the observer of the NCP for Goa state, informed the pressmen on Sunday evening that the Union Minister for Agriculture is already in Goa and they had a meeting with him as regards the chain protest of the mining-dependent people.
“Mr Pawar is concerned about the plight of these people and has agreed to meet them on Monday morning,” Mr Sirsat said, stating that more than 80 per cent of the people previously employed in the mining industry, have been affected due to the closure of this industry. [NT]